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Improving patient dignity/safety: specialist beds

To replace all Incare beds with specialist low-rise beds to reduce falls. The beds can still be raised to normal height when visitors are present or when mobility has improved.

Up to one year to replace all the beds

Charity information: The Prince of Wales Hospice

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  • Need


    We are conscious that more patients with mobility issues are being admitted to the Hospice Incare ward. This increases the number of patients at risk of falling from bed or when trying to move from the bed to a chair. Currently, patients at severe risk will have to have a mattress on the floor - this is undignified for the patient and not as safe for care staff.

    Moreover, the existing Incare beds are now around 10 years old and nearing the end of their expected durability.


    Low-rise beds reduce falls risk as they are able to go much lower than the standard Hospice bed. However, as a patient is rehabilitated the beds can still be raised to a normal height to support independent transfer to a chair/wheelchair/walker.

    The increased dignity for patients to be cared for in a bed rather than a mattress on the floor is immeasurable. As is the improved safety for caring staff, who can treat patients at a standard workable bed height.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve patient dignity


    » Use a low-rise bed to prevent the need to use a mattress on the floor and so that the bed can be raised to normal height when visitors are present

    What success will look like

    Informal patient feedback and monitoring of their well-being will demonstrate the improved dignity.

    Aim 2

    To improve patient safety by reducing the number of falls


    » Use a low-rise bed so that the risk of falling is minimised and the risk of harm is mitigated by proximity to the floor.

    What success will look like

    Recorded falls will decrease.

    Aim 3

    To improve safety of care staff


    » To use specialist low rise beds that can be adjusted to a workable height so as not minimise the risk of injury to care staff.

    What success will look like

    A reduction in recorded injury from patient handling and informal feedback from staff.

  • Impact


    Improved patient, staff and visitor experience of Hospice care over the lifetime of the specialist beds will be captured on evaluation forms and anecdotally as well as through official records of patient falls and staff injury.


    The only real risk is that patients or staff will not like the new style beds. However, we loaned two different low-rise beds to trial them. That is how we have chosen the Liberta bed. We have 13 patient bedrooms and through grant donations have already been able to purchase 5 beds. We are confident that these are the best beds to suit both patients and staff.


    We provide feedback to donors via our newsletters, website and social media. Where donors give consent to receive communications from us we will be more than happy to email updates to supporters of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,680

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,680 Low rise beds We need to purchase 8 beds to ensure all patients can benefit. The beds cost £2,585 each
  • Background


    The Hospice is in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. We care for people in the Eastern Wakefield 'Five Towns' area of Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford, Featherstone and Normanton plus Hemsworth, South Elmsall and South Kirkby.


    We care for and support adult patients with an active, progressive and usually advanced disease for which the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is quality of life.

    Patients generally have unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by their current health care professionals. These may be physical, psychological, social and emotional. Examples may include complicated physical symptoms or difficult family situations.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only adult Hospice covering this geographical area and offering such specialist palliative care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jo Benson

    Jo has been Nurse Manager here for 5 years having worked in palliative care 28 years. Jo manages a team of 29 nurses and healthcare assistants.


Buys one low-rise bed

The Hospice has been a Godsend for us and our family. When Len first came to the Hospice he was afraid to be left alone at night, and the family were able to stay with him the whole time. This was brilliant for us; and reassuring for Len...

Wife of Incare patient